Angelo Muscat

Angelo Muscat (24 September 1930 – 10 October 1977) was a Maltese English film and television character actor.[1] He is primarily recalled for his role as the mute butler in the 1967 TV series The Prisoner.

Angelo Muscat
Angelo Muscat in The Prisoner
Born
Angelo Muscat

(1930-09-24)24 September 1930
Died10 October 1977(1977-10-10) (aged 47)
NationalityMaltese
OccupationActor
Years active1965–1971

Biography

Muscat was born in Malta to a policeman father. He was distinctly diminutive at only 4 ft 3 in (1.3 m), although both his parents and his three brothers were over 6 ft in height. Muscat initially found work as a kitchen porter and then as a stoker at an RAF base in Malta. After the death of his parents and finding himself largely alone, he moved to England where he worked in a zip-fastener factory. In 1961 Muscat joined a production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs that was to tour the United Kingdom. Moving into television, he played a Chumbley in the Doctor Who serial Galaxy 4 (1965), played the part of a clown in the ITV series Emergency – Ward 10 and appeared as the Queen's Servant in the BBC television adaptation of Alice in Wonderland (1966).[2]

Muscat appeared in the television series The Prisoner (1967-1968) with Patrick McGoohan, appearing in 14 of the 17 episodes as the mute butler. He played an Oompa-Loompa in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (uncredited, 1971). He also appeared in the Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour (1967).

During his later years, Muscat lived alone and virtually penniless in a basement flat in North London. He found it difficult to find acting work, and to supplement his income he made ornate birdcages by hand.[2]

Death

Muscat died on 10 October 1977, aged 47 at St Bartholomew's Hospital in London.

Legacy

Each year, on 10 October a small group of enthusiasts dubbed the "Friends of Angelo Muscat" (FOAM) celebrate his life.[1]

TV and filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1965Doctor WhoChumbley Operator / ChumblieEpisode: "Galaxy 4"
1966Alice in WonderlandQueen's Servantuncredited
1967The PrisonerThe Butler
Magical Mystery Tour
1971Willy Wonka & the Chocolate FactoryOompa Loompauncredited, final film role

References


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